I’ve been evaluating MLM / Network Marketing Companies lately. As many of You know I’ve been a Watkins Products Consultant for over 9 years, and even became one of 19 Executives, and helped one of our Team Members become an Executive 6 months prior to my reaching that Position. One of my Other Sites, JustGoNaturalBlog.com is where you can learn more about that! However, it’s not my intention here to promote our Watkins Products Business.
I really just want to speak to a couple of Business I’ve explored recently. To do so, I want to relate them to Watkins, or at least the philosophy we have at Watkins as compared to the other Businesses I’ve recently reviewed. Not only reviewed, but joined and participated in. The best way to know is from the inside after all. In fairness, I’m not going to mention the names of those other Businesses. It’s more a point of wanting to look at how they work, and the philosophies behind how they operate.
Now, let me also say that things with Watkins are not perfect, never have been, and over the past year or so there have been some difficult situations to overcome. First though let me look back, when I got started with Watkins back in Sept 2009 I had become very skeptical and jaded, believing none of “these” businesses would work! I drug my feet, didn’t want to go to the Conference, didn’t want to go on the Trips, and basically thought they’d be full of Hype and Dream Sessions to make us feel all warm and fuzzy!
Personally I don’t think a Business, a viable, legit, business or income opportunity needs to rely on such mumbo jumbo! So, when I began with Watkins I expected that’s what they’d be doing! I was pleasantly surprised to find that the “Trips” were just to reward and relax. I discovered the Conferences were for Business. The Leaders did not dress in Diamonds and Fur Coats, and they didn’t drive fancy Sports Cars. They were down to earth regular people who were making an income, a real income, from selling products and teaching other people to do the same!
Again, not everything was perfect! At time things were frustrating, and there were times I definitely thought about quitting! However, my Life Partner helped me to see these things as temporary, as road block! Then asked me, “What do you do when you come to a road block?”. The answer is to get over it!
So, recently, when things got rough at Watkins, I began to look elsewhere! To explore other options!
What did I find? Hype, Empty Promises, and that sort of stuff sickens me, because it adds to the negativity that surrounds Network Marketing. If you’re invited to a “Meeting”where You hear them talk about how they are all “Family”. How they are all of a “Certain Mindset”, and so on, ask yourself if this is a legitimate business? It may be both! However, if they seem to make these things more prominent than the actual Compensation Plan then maybe You need to sit on your hands for a bit.
Another thing to be watchful for is, are they showing you a “Presentation” or the actual Compensation Plan. Also have You read the Policies and Procedures? Do You know what Marketing Methods you’ll be allowed to use? All of these things are more important than the “Warm and Fuzzy” come be part of a like minded Family feeling!
I guess, for me, it’s more important that any Business “Opportunity” makes sense on paper. It’s also good when that feels good in the stomach, heart, and mind! There are few of these types of Businesses out there! However, they do exist and when you can find one, it warrants investigation. It may not be perfect, but it may allow you to develop a solid Business!